What Would a Sensible Health System Look Like?

Saturday, December 13, 2014


  Elmore Rigamer, MD, MPA and Dr. Rade M. Pejic, MD, Co-Chairs
Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) New Orleans Chapter

Elmore F. Rigamer, MD, MPA, is Medical Director for Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans where he currently directs several disaster relief programs for victims of the Katrina hurricane disaster. He opened first the Program for All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in New Orleans.

As co-founder and chairman of the Partnership for Access to Total Health (PATH), a coalition sponsored by the four Catholic Health Care organizations in Louisiana to improve systems of care of the medically under-served, he has worked to enhance the exchange of information between community health clinics and the Medical Center of Louisiana, develop organizational partnerships to implement population based health programs in  two pilot communities in New Orleans, and test models of coordinating social services and medical care for the uninsured.
Prior to joining Catholic Charities, Dr. Rigamer served the US Department of State as Medical Director advising the Secretary of State on international health issues while overseeing the health care of Foreign Service diplomats and their families.  He also served the US Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Medical Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mental Health, Director of Mental Health Services, and Regional Psychiatrist for Europe, the Soviet Union, and South Asia.  Dr. Rigamer has also held positions with Kaiser Permanente Health Maintenance Organization and the Ochsner Clinic as well as served as a Peace Corps Volunteer Physician in Monrovia, Liberia.

Dr. Rigamer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Child Psychiatry, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of Physicians for a National Health Program and Alpha Omega Alpha.  Dr. Rigamer received his training in psychiatry at The New York Hospital- Cornell University an Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He received his MPA from Harvard University.  


Dr. Rade M. Pejic, MD., FACS., is currently a surgeon in private practice and has practiced in various capacities for over forty years. He has a Chemistry degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.D. degree from University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Pejic is also a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Pejic spent two years in Viet Nam on two US Navy Hospital ships, the USS REPOSE AND USS SANCTUARY, from 1968 to 1970, performing major trauma surgery on American Marines, Army and Air Force military soldiers. "At that time," said Dr. Pejic, "I basically experienced how a "One payer Health Care System" would function."
Dr. Pejic completed his General Surgery Residency at the PORTSMOUTH NAVAL HOSPITAL in 1972 and became Board Certified in Surgery in 1973. He also completed a Cardiovascular Fellowship in Detroit in 1978 and have been practicing General, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery since 1978. Dr. Pejic said he also "had an opportunity to see how pure socialized medicine was practiced in Yugoslavia (now Serbia)" where he lived for several years (as an American citizen).

Both Doctors Rigamer and Pejic have been active members of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), the world's leading physician Single-Payer health organization, which recently just had its national conference in New Orleans.

First Unitarian Universalist Church
5212 South Claiborne Av. New Orleans 
(Enter via posted signs at Soniat and South Claiborne)

10am - Progressive, Social Justice Community Networking
with Coffee, Juice and Light Breakfast Pastries*

11am - Noon- Featured Presentation

*$3.00 suggested donation

For more information, contact Brad Ott at (504) 269-4951 or email to info@thecommunitybreakfast.org.

Held every second Saturday of each month, the Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast has been a project of the First Unitarian Universalist Church Social Justice Committee 
since May 1983.

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